We went on a mini-vacation to Chattanooga this weekend around a triathlon for Donnie. We left Thursday night, did 5 full days of activities in 2.5 days, and then came home yesterday. Let me tell you – if anyone can cram more activities into a 4-day, 3-night trip – I don’t want to meet them. Because they are crazy.
I have mixed emotions about Chattanooga. I mean – I overwhelmingly love the city and always enjoy my time there. BUT – I always feel a little disgruntled about the Go To touristy activities around the city. When we went a few years ago we did the Rock City/Ruby Falls/Inclined Railway trio and, yes. It was GREAT. But my favorite part? Was the cool campground we stayed at and the Drive-In Theater we went to.
It’s not that the other things aren’t great, I just have trouble rectifying the cost with the experience.
I have the same feelings about the Aquarium and the Creative Discover Museum. We did that this trip. And yes…SO FUN! But also? SO EXPENSIVE. I just never feel like the cost/experience balances out. You know what we had fun doing this weekend? Playing in the (FREE!) fountains and water features around the aquarium and at Coolidge Park. The small and affordable Zoo was GREAT. We loved walking around the Art District and Walnut Street Bridge. We loved swimming in the hotel pool.
I just always walk away from a trip thinking torn. The kids loved the Aquarium and the Creative Discovery Museum, but did they love it enough to balance the outrageous cost? BAH. I don’t know. I’d rather spend the money on the nice/convenient hotel (which we did also) with a POOL and spend more time doing fun cheap/free stuff and eating interesting food than do the expensive touristy stuff.
What about you? First – do you feel The Aquarium is worth the cost because Donnie says, “Yes! NO CONTEST!” Then, would you rather do the big/expensive touristy stuff or the off-the-beaten path stuff?
Either way…we had a GREAT trip. We did a little bit of everything. We stayed busy and made every second and every dollar worth it because we maximized the fun in every moment.
And the Triathlon! It was great. Donnie did this one last year by himself and insisted we come because it would be fun to spectate. It was!
This is a HUGE race which freaked me out because the logistics of triathlons…FREAK ME OUT. Have you ever been to one? It’s INSANE. Three different sports! In one race! I mean – I find it fascinating and intimidating and I’m so glad Donnie does these things so I can watch on in awe.
All in all? Great trip. No matter how you feel about the cost-to-fun ratio of places like The Aquarium.